As I was pondering what to write on this week, I thought the use of time would be a good subject. It’s outlined many times in Scripture how we should spend our days and use our time. Especially here in America we tend to say things like, “I just don’t have time” – “I’d like to pray and study the Bible more, but I’m always so busy.” I’ve found myself saying these things from time to time and must remind myself that we all have the same amount of time in a day… just 24 hours… however, great Christians in the past seemed to use their 24 hours so much better than I do.
Christ must teach us how to redeem the time, if we leave time-management up to simply what we want to do, or what offers immediate satisfaction, we’ll surely fall short of what Christ has planned for our time here on earth.
We must learn to redeem the time we are given and not simply waste it away. A great verse illustrating this is Ephesians 5:15-17 where it says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
That same phrase in the following translations is as follows…
KJV: “Redeeming the time…”
NASB: “Making the most of your time…”
ESV: “Making the best use of the time…”
With that I ask the question, are you making the very best use of your time for Christ? We won’t be instantly perfect in our use of time, but are you striving for making the best of the time? Or have you given up and simply do whatever you feel like, whenever you feel like it?
As a little exercise, I’ve attached a time-tracker spreadsheet that you can use to track your time for one week and see where the majority of your time is being spent.
Time Tracking Spreadsheet: 24Hour_Activity_Tracker
Note: Don’t feel like you need to be perfect in keeping track of everything, if you miss a day, it’s okay, this is simply meant to give us a better realization of how we spend our days here on earth, and hopefully guide us closer to God by better aligning our use of our time with His kingdom pattern.
Encouraging you to spend your time for Christ!
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
– Colossians 4:5